The Portland Trail Blazers have now entered the all-star break, and it’s evident that they need a rest. They are sitting in ninth place, and out of the playoffs. Losers of five straight, it is slowly looking like the Trail Blazers will be on the outside looking in at the end of the season.
After putting up a good fight against the Miami Heat Tuesday night, they mailed it Wednesday night against the New Orleans Hornets. How can a team score 104 points against the champions, and then the next night score only 63 against the youngest and worst team in the league? How can rookie of the year candidate Damian Lillard score 33 points against Dwyane Wade and Lebron James, and then only score 12 against Greivis Vasquez and Austin Rivers?
It must have to do with their youth. Well, the Trail Blazers aren’t that young, and have playoff experience up and down there roster. It must be because of coaching – but Terry Stotts is an experienced coach and player.
Is it because they played a back-to-back on the road? No, these are fine-tuned athletes we are talking about.
It’s all about the all-star break. They mailed in their game against the Hornets because they were all ready for a couple of days off or for some the festivities at the NBA all-star weekend. Players in the league are paid a senseless amount of money to play a children’s game. All they have to do is try to the best of their abilities and put in effort.
The Trail Blazers showed what kind of team they are both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. They have the talent, but not the heart. This mix of players just hasn’t been able to get over the hump throughout the past few years. Change is needed, and that change has to be player turnover.
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